“He who is contented is rich.” – Lao Tzu
While I’ve been happier these past few months than I have in recent memory, I’ve been struggling with a lot of things lately that I try not to make as apparent.
Life is a roller coaster, always up and down, which is why I’ve found peace in minimalist views and lifestyle.
After my separation from my fiance I’ve faced many struggles internally with myself. I think there was a point where it all started to consume me mentally and physically. This morning I was exceptionally happy with how my kitchen was turning out. As I washed my dishes, I remembered something I had read before.
“Wash your bowl after you’ve eaten.” – A Zen phrase meant to be taken figuratively. Clean up after yourself. Take these moments to reflect. Take enjoyment in the little things, so that you will never stop appreciating them and see them as opportunities.
And for the first time in a long time, I caught myself reflecting.
If you’re stressed out, unhappy, or feeling a little “off,” take the time to wash your bowl. Take a bike ride. Fold your laundry. Reflect and realize how wonderful your life is. Be content! Suddenly you’ll realize your problems aren’t that big after all.
I have to say, while it’s not nearly finished, I’m very excited about my kitchen and I hope to share more of my home very soon.
Also, check out Leo Babauta’s new eBook on contentment, which inspired me to open up in this blog post. (Psst, it’s free.)